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A little story but a big truth for living

January 31st, 2009 . by bonnie

The professor began his class by holding up a glass of water water in his hand. He held it up for all to see and then asked the students:

“How much do you think this glass weighs?”



…”125gms”, the students answered.

“We don’t know for sure unless we weigh it,” said the professor, “but, my real question is: What would happen if I held this glass up like this for a few minutes?”

“Nothing” …the students said.

“Ok, what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?” the professor

“Your arm would begin to ache” said one of the student

“You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”

“Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress, paralysis and
will have to go to hospital for sure!”… ventured another student.

All the students laughed.

“Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?”
asked the professor.

“No” … was the answer.

“Well, then what caused the arm to ache and the severe muscle stress?”

The students were puzzled.

“Okay. Tell me what should I do now to come out of the pain?” asked professor again.

“Put the glass down!!” said all the students in chorus

“Exactly!” said the professor. 


Life’s problems are something like this.

Hold them for a few minutes in your mind and they seem okay.
Hold of them for a long time and they begin to ache.
Hold them even longer and they begin to paralyze you. 
You feel weak and incapable of doing anything!

While it’s important to think about the challenges in your life, it is even more important to remember to put them down every now and again.

Nithya Shanti

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